Barcelona prepared to sell midfielder Ivan Rakitic
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The Croat was linked to a move away in January.

But he seems destined to leave in the summer.

Barcelona are set to sell midfielder Ivan Rakitic with Juventus and Atletico Madrid interested in the player. According to TV3. Wanda Metropolitano’s outfit are believed to be the Croatian’s preferred next destination, but the Bianconeri have already submitted an offer.

Juve are in talks with Barca over a swap deal for Rakitic which would see Douglas Costa move to Camp Nou, but Atletico could still launch a rival bid. Having been heavily linked with a transfer during the winter window, Rakitic admitted that he considered leaving Barcelona following the sacking of Ernesto Valverde.

“I thought about leaving in the January window,” the Croatian said. “The treatment of [former head coach Ernesto] Valverde’s staff wasn’t the best. They were bad times but it’s in the past now. I can say very clearly that there were things that I didn’t like.”

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